An oasis of peace in the midst of the Medina’s densely animated streets. A real Riad, an early 1900's farmers house, in the lively but authentic neighbourhood of Bab Taghzout, set around an iron-wrought, wood carved, rose decorated courtyard. Madame of the maison, Jacqueline Brandt, Milouda her amazing cook (not forgetting the pets) sweep you within the character filled walls like a warm embrace. The stay here is intensely traditional, yet with the comfort (s) of familiarity, a European hued greeting. Staying in Samsara is a voyage. In décor, location and spirit. From the spread of local breads, jam, yoghurt and overflowing bowls of bursting ripe strawberries to the tangines and exotic vegetable dishes in the evening, the food is fresh, flavoursome and authentically Moroccan.
In light of my experience, I would like to make a comment about the sweet and sour review, 'Beautful Riad Pleasant Stay'. Reading this review on Trip Advisor (regarding not enough food, expensive prices, and average breakfast), it does not tally with my own experience, but more surprisingly does not tally at all with the visitor book comment left by these same guests on February 25th!
"The perfect place to spend our last night in Morocco ...a beautiful house (and most pertinently in light of the criticism) wonderful food".
As a fellow guest, but also as a travel writer, I can not help wonder what happened to prompt such a change of heart. Furthermore, having spoken with Milouda, the cook, she tells me 1kg of meat was served to the four people for dinner - a hefty 250grammes per person! She also served a full breakfast including yoghurt to the guests contrary to their comments on the site.
Unfortunately such a 'change of heart' voiced on Trip Advisor (but not strangely voiced at the time to the hosts) can be very harmful.
Finally I would like to add for anyone wondering about a trip to Morocco right now, do not hesitate. The political situation here seems, relatively at least, highly stable, and I have so far had a wonderful, safe week long stay.
Tamara Thiessen, Travel & Cultural writer
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Samsara is a traditional riad, full of charm, quietly nestled close to the heart of the bustling Medina. Jacqueline, your hostess, welcomes those travellers in search of an authentic experience, to her meticulously hand-renovated palace. The three opulent bedrooms each have their own individual style and are full of small touches to make your stay extra special.One of the most beautiful and original homes in Marrakech. Tailored for personal service and space, this is your own secluded sanctuary, a home from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Samsara Marrakech